A variety of Florida singer-songwriters have contributed their original songs about Florida rivers and waterways to a unique educational endeavor. The coordinator of this special CD project, Karen Ahlers, says through music listeners can learn about the history, culture, commerce, beauty and fragility of Florida’s water. The sponsor of the CD is the Putnam County Environmental Council or PCEC, a not-for-profit environmental education organization. Coordinator Ahlers says PCEC members recognize the value of the waterways in Putnam and nearby counties:[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPRiverRoadsCDFinalFinaldgtt122311.mp3]
Every winter thousands of manatees migrate through Florida’s waterways for warm water and food. This year the seagrass beds have been insufficient in supply, causing at least 540 manatees to die.